Reasons to watch Cine Sony’s Cantinflas marathon this Thanksgiving weekend

Reasons to watch Cine Sony’s Cantinflas marathon this Thanksgiving weekend
Reasons to watch Cantinflas marathon

Cantinflas, one of Mexico’s most beloved cinematic personalities and a masterful comedian, entertained families throughout the Americas for decades.

Often called the Charlie Chaplin of America, Cantinflas was an internationally known clown, acrobat, musician, satirist, business leader, activist and philanthropist who became a symbol of pride and hope.In honor of the holiday season, Cine Sony Television, a Sony Pictures Television network, has announced the network’s biggest ever movie marathon that features 33 films starring the legendary Mexican crossover comedian, Cantinflas.

Starting Thanksgiving Day at 7am ET/8 a.m. CT, this four day event will consist of popular films such as El Analfabeto, Los Tres Mosqueteros and A Volar Joven, all uncensored and commercial free.

You won’t want to miss this Thanksgiving marathon full of Spanish-language puns and explosions of laughter. 

Not yet convinced? Here’s a list of reasons why Cine Sony Television’s Cantinflas marathon is a must see for the entire family, young and old.

Family friendly laughs.

In the 1920s Cantinflas began making families throughout Mexico laugh.
His confusing command of language, also known as cantinflear along with his endearing personality is reflected in each of his films.
His trademark ability of talking quickly and nonsensically has always incited tremendous laugher from his audiences.

Often dressed in drooping pants held up by a rope, small silly hats and a funny mustache, Cantinflas’ films are the perfect option for making your movie suggestions the hit of your Thanksgiving break.A way of teaching families essential values. Cantinflas became a national icon for Mexico and a hero that has been permanently placed in Hispanic culture.

He was viewed as the nation’s most active philanthropist who constantly fought for the lower class and for social reform.
His movies and character show families that even if you have nothing, you can change that by creating your own opportunities for a better future.

So this Thanksgiving break, enjoy the Cine Sony Television marathon of Cantinflas with the whole family starting Nov. 24 to Nov. 27 at 7 a.m. ET/8 a.m. CT.

Popular films airing during the marathon include:

  • El Analfabeto (The Illiterate One)
  • A Volar Joven (To the Skies Young Man)
  • Los Tres Mosqueteros (The Three Musketeers)
  • El Padrecito (The Good Priest)
  • El Bolero De Raquel (Raquel’s Shoeshiner)
  • Ni Sangre Ni Arena Arena (Neither Blood Nor Sand)
  • El Barrendero (The Sweeper)
  • Su Excelencia (Your Excellency)
  • Si Yo Fuera Diputado (If I Were A Deputy)
  • El Bombero Atomico (The Atomic Fireman)
  • Don Quijote Cabalga de Nuevo (Don Quijote Rides Again)
  • El Ministro y Yo (The Minister and I)

For more information on Cine Sony Television’s Thanksgiving Weekend Cantinflas Movie Marathon and/or specific airtimes, please visit or check local listings.


Written by Keisha Hatchett

Director: David Yates

Writer: J.K. Rowling

Rating: PG-13

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a wonderful leap back into J.K. Rowlings magical world, but it’s not what you might think. While it does tie into the Harry Potter timelime, this one is set in 1926 it New York City. It also centers on a Hufflepuff named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) rather than a boy with a lightning bolt on his forehead.

Expelled from Hogwarts in England, Schamander travels overseas to America with a tiny brown suitcase full of magical creatures. When he accidentally swaps cases with a no-maj (American muggle) named Jacob (Dan Fogler), some of those precious beings escape and he embarks on an adventure to return them. Along for the ride are Tina (Katherine Waterston), who works for the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), and her sister Queenie (Alison Sudol), a sultry mindreader.

There are familiar elements, like the constant struggle for witches and wizards to hide magic from no-majs. And then there’s the theme of abused children, which appears in much of Rowling’s works, as Credence (Ezra Miller) often finds himself on the receiving end of corporal punishment by his foster mother, Mary Lou Barebone (Samantha Morton).

According to director David Yates, he’ll play a major part in the next movies to come. Here, might call him the secondary star. His haunting portrayal of an abused, repressed teen manifests physically in his crouched stance and the submissive way he interacts with Auror Percival Graves (Colin Farrell), whom he’s covertly working with.

“Credence…maybe want isn’t a sufficient word for him because he’s really seeking all this stuff that he desperately needs and Graves is sort of dispensing those things to keep Credence in his trap,” Ezra told me of their relationship. It’s one that feels inappropriate to watch, but at the same time, you can’t turn away.

And that’s the biggest difference between this story and the one about the Boy Who Lived. While Potter’s world was filled some moments of darkness, it never presented such an unsettling relationship as the one between Graves and Credence. Fantastic Beasts also delivers a completely different dynamic, in that we’re focused on four complex adults who’ve already had their coming of age tales. That’s not to say Potterheads won’t enjoy this film. It still has all the main ingredients: magic, wonder, heart, and a group of super talented British (and Irish and American) actors.

In other words, what are you contemplating? You know this movie will be great! Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them heads to theaters on November 18.

Final Grade: A